What happens when the grown child of an ill-legal immigrant (she has been in the US since toddler stage) goes to a health clinic, falsifies a Social Security number (borrowed from a friend) to receive pregnancy care? Well, authorities, in searching through a health center’s electronic records, found the discrepancy and arrested her. She is now facing a deportation hearing.
Yes, HIPAA does allow access to some forms of records for law enforcement, but this seems to be going too far.
Full story was broadcast yesterday on NPR.